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Best Recipes of 2012

Friends! At long last, I am back. My absence wasn’t planned. I came down with the worst flu ever, which kept me out of commission for a couple of weeks. It was especially discouraging since I was a good citizen and got a flu shot at the start of the season. But luckily I felt better just in time to enjoy some holiday cheer. I’ll be back in earnest next week with some updates on what I’ve been cooking, but I wanted to take a moment and say hello.


At the end of the year, I like to look back over the blog and remember all of the good food we shared. I gave myself the challenge of picking the 5 best recipes of the year.

I failed, so here are 7:

Smoky Eggplant Puree with Pine Nuts and Urfa Pepper [1]

I liked this recipe so much it ended up making it into the wrap I designed [2] to benefit Open Books.

Baby Spinach Salad with Dates and Almonds [3]

This remains the most satisfying thing I made all year—simple and delicious.

Potato Rosti [4]

Pure comfort, and probably the most affordable recipe on the site.

Pimenton Roasted Chicken and Potatoes [5]

This chicken is so good I made it three times in the month of November alone. It has become a favorite in our house.

Orange Rolls [6]

OMG—I forgot about these beauties for a moment! They are the best. Can’t wait to make them again.

Sticky Toffee Pudding [7]

This makes me nostalgic for England, and Palm Springs. A seriously good dessert perfect for this time of year.

Special Juice [8]

The best juice for brunch.


Thanks for your patience as I took some time to recover and relax.

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and that 2013 is the best year yet! Can’t wait. xoxo